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A-League preview: Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

A-League preview: Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

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Victory rarely fare well in Perth, and the Glory are targeting a return to winning ways ahead of the A-League finals. Can the visitors finish their campaign on a positive note?


PROBABLE LINEUP
PERTH GLORY


Vukovic
Risdon, Howarth, Pantelidis, Neville
O'Neill, McGarry, Dodd, Andrezinho
Smeltz, Mehmet

MELBOURNE VICTORY



Velaphi
Foschini, Milligan, Luzardo, Fabio
Cernak, Ferreira, Jeggo, Hernandez
Thompson, Kewell

 

Perth Glory will be looking to secure third spot on the table in the final game of the A-League regular season when they host Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

Glory sit third on the table with 40 points, equal with Wellington Phoenix and on the same goal difference.

But the Phoenix host league-leaders Central Coast, who need to win to secure the Premiers Plate.

Perth come into the match off a 3-0 loss away to bottom-placed Gold Coast United on Sunday, with the scoreline reflecting harshly on Glory's performance.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory enter the match having done Glory a favour on Saturday by defeating Wellington 3-0 at AAMI Park.

The last time these two sides met was on January 22, when Perth Glory thrashed Victory 4-1 at nib Stadium.

On the other occasion these two sides faced this season, Victory coughed up a two-goal lead in the second half to draw 2-2 - an occurrence that became far too regular this season.

The last time Victory won at nib Stadium was in November 2009, when Carlos Hernandez - could be playing in his final match for the club on Saturday - scored an 88th-minute winner.

Victory will also be without Marco Rojas for the encounter, after he suffered a broken jaw against the Phoenix in a clash with former team-mate Manny Muscat.

Perth will be missing injured trio Jacob Burns, Josh Mitchell and Bas van den Brink and the suspended Dean Heffernan, while it is also likely coach Ian Ferguson will again be without Liam Miller and Chris Coyne.  Evan Berger will again miss with a hamstring injury, meaning Scott Neville is likely to make his first start of the season after long-term injury, while National Youth League graduate Brandon O'Neill could be set for his first start.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Melbourne Victory have only won three times at nib Stadium since the inception of the A-League in 2005.
  • Eight out of Perth Glory's nine wins over Melbourne Victory have come at nib Stadium.
  • Victory's poorest ever points total was 26 back in 2005-06, when they only played 21 games.
  • This is just the second A-League season Perth Glory have made the finals.
  • Victory's worst defeat this season came against Glory at this nib Stadium.

 

 

 

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1Danny VukovicGoalkeeper
4Steve PantelidisDefender
12Scott NevilleDefender
19Joshua RisdonDefender
14Steven McGarryMidfielder
17Todd HowarthMidfielder
28B. O'NeillMidfielder
9Billy MehmetStriker
9Shane SmeltzStriker
13Travis DoddMidfielder
-AndrezinhoMidfielder
20Neil YoungGoalkeeper
-Sam MitchinsonDefender
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22Matthew FoschiniDefender
33FabinhoDefender
5Ubay LuzardoDefender
-Mark Daniel MilliganDefender
2AlexDefender
-C. HernándezMidfielder
17James JeggoMidfielder
19I. CernakMidfielder
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